One of the main concerns I had with Donald Trump getting elected was my fear that his incompetence is dangerous enough to hurt Americans, or even take us closer to war, without him even realizing it. There are plenty of awful things he’s deliberately said or done, but the “unintended consequences” of his ignorance are, arguably, just as dangerous.
For instance, the executive order he signed calling for an immediate hiring freeze for all federal agencies.
People who don’t like to think for themselves love moves like this. It plays right into their simple-minded rhetoric about the awfulness of government. Unfortunately, for conservatives, reality is reality whether or not many of them want to believe in it. They can deny facts all they want, but that doesn’t make them any less real.
This broad, idiotic executive order pandered to the base, but it’s so overly-generalized that it’s already hurting military families.
As reported by Military.com:
Officials at Fort Knox, Kentucky, notified families Feb. 17 of the suspension to the on-base part-day child development center (CDC) programs, its hourly care program and the enrollment of new families into the CDC.
“Effective immediately, no new children will be enrolled in the CDC,” states the letter, signed by Fort Knox garrison commander Col. Stephen Aiton. “Also, effective 27 February 2017, the CDC will no longer accommodate childcare for our hourly care and part day families until further notice.”
The CDC’s part-day programs include its part-day preschools. Many military families, including some CDC workers, rely on hourly care for child care during part-time jobs or school hours, or when the full-time day care program is full. One Army spouse at Fort Knox reported that the wait list for her 1-year-old is estimated through July.
“We are prevented from bringing new caregivers on board but are still having our usual staff turnover and illnesses, which creates challenges to maintaining ratios and providing quality childcare,” the Fort Knox letter states.
In other words, we’re already seeing daycare services for military families suffering because Trump’s executive order has prevented the military from hiring new employees to work in these childcare programs.
While this seems to only be impacting a couple of Army bases, keep in mind that Trump’s only been in office a month. If other military bases face similar staffing issues for programs many military families and veterans use, they could very well be dealing with the exact same situation where they simply don’t have the available staff needed to function.
Though this isn’t the only way Trump’s hiring freeze has hurt the military or veterans. Considering around one-third of all federal workers are veterans (largely because of the preferential hiring process for vets), people just now getting out of the military are going to have an even tougher time finding a job.
It’s these types of situations I was talking about when I said Trump’s incompetence worried me just as much as his deliberate awfulness. I’m sure he didn’t set out to intentionally hurt military families, and this will probably be something that’s “fixed” fairly soon — but this is only the beginning. I am absolutely confident that there are going to be many more instances where the lives of Americans are negatively impacted because Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing.